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The effect of an unfamiliar regional accent on spoken word comprehension

Adank, P; McQueen, JM; (2007) The effect of an unfamiliar regional accent on spoken word comprehension. In: Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS). International Congress of Phonetic Sciences: Saarbrücken, Germany. Green open access

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Abstract

This study aimed first to determine whether there is a delay associated with processing words in an unfamiliar regional accent compared to words in a familiar regional accent, and second to establish whether short-term exposure to an unfamiliar accent affects the speed and accuracy of comprehension of words spoken in that accent. Listeners performed an animacy decision task for words spoken in their own and an unfamiliar accent. Next, they were exposed to approximately 20 minutes of speech in one of these two accents. After exposure, they repeated the animacy decision task. Results showed a considerable delay in word processing for the unfamiliar accent, but no effect of short-term exposure.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The effect of an unfamiliar regional accent on spoken word comprehension
Event: 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Location: Saarbruecken, Germany
Dates: 2007-08-06 - 2007-08-08
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.icphs2007.de/conference/Papers/1387/138...
Language: English
Additional information: The copyright for papers published in these Proceedings remains with the authors.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1395816
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